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Mbappe tough on PSG: ‘This is our limit’, coach recalls ‘taxing year with 17-year-old substitutes’ | Champions League

The Champions League has also turned out to be a disappointment for the proud PSG team this season. The Parisians were disappointed in the two matches against Bayern Munich, and the stars could not make the difference, but coach Christophe Galtier essentially pointed to the packed calendar after the match: “Our bodies are under a lot of pressure this year.”

The first word in the mixed zone is Kylian Mbappe, who has been seen alongside Lionel Messi to straighten things out in Munich after a 0-1 home run. But the two World Cup runners-up were not visible in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat.

“This is our limit,” Mbappe grieved after another early exit in the 1/8 finals at the Ball of Champions. “As I said in my first press conference of the season in the Champions League, we’ll do our best. That’s our maximum, that’s the truth.”

What was Paris Saint-Germain missing? “Not much. But if you look at the state of the two teams, they have a big core that has been built to win the Champions League,” he quips at the core interpreters.

“There’s nothing to do but look in the mirror and go back to our daily work, the competition,” continued the man who took the captain’s armband when Marquinhos was out just before half-time.

“We are disappointed, but it’s no different. We lost to a great team, and now we have to focus on something else and try to win the championship.”

Mbappe was asked another question about his future in Spanish, and he answered in the same language: “I am calm, all I care about is winning the current season and the championship. After that we will see.” Rumors about a move to Real Madrid, which bounced back with difficulty last season, may flare up again.

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Bayern has a great team built to win the Champions League.

Kylian Mbappe

Galtier is tired of the injuries

PSG coach Christophe Galtier spoke to the press in confusion. “It’s the story of a unique season with a very busy schedule for my players. We had to bring in two 17-year-olds,” he said.

“We had to keep the pace in the first half. We had two very big chances. The irony is that Bayern can score from a similar opportunity that we missed before.”

If you’re in the Round of 16, it’s very interesting to have a full squad.

Christophe Galtier, Paris Saint-Germain coach

During the match, Galtier saw Marquinhos withdraw. His replacement, Mukele, was in turn forced to retire after barely 10 minutes. “It’s a season where our bodies are under a lot of pressure,” the coach said of the burden of injury.

“Obviously when you’re in the Round of 16 it was very exciting to have a full squad. That wasn’t the case now. It’s rare to lose three outfielders in three games.”

“This exclusion is frustrating. It’s a disappointment, because we all had high hopes for this second leg. My future? It’s too early to talk about it. This is in the hands of my athletic director and my boss. I’m still to move forward with determination.”

Galtier takes the injured Marquinhos off the field.

“a big disappointment”

“The details made the difference today,” the goalkeeper said. Gianluigi Donnarumma. “In the first half we had chances we didn’t take advantage of, then we conceded a goal on our first mistake. It’s a big disappointment.”

“I’m angry and disappointed, but now we have to look forward because we still hold the championship. We have to be more careful in the coming weeks. Now we have to hold our heads high.”

“We must say that Bayern Munich were stronger than us,” the defender said bluntly. Daniel Pereira. “We had chances in the first half, but we didn’t take them.”

“We made mistakes after that. It’s difficult to go out this way, but this is the Champions League. Bayern Munich is a physical team, and they win a lot of duels. If you don’t win a lot yourself, it will be difficult.”